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Scientists in the Making

You never know where the next Marie Curie or Louis Pasteur will come from.

Keuka senior Emily Credit helps fourth-grader Kaitlyn Hamm create 'slime.'

Perhaps he or she was one of the five St. Michael’s School (Penn Yan) students who visited the Keuka College campus April 30 for the Chemistry Club’s Kids’ Day.

The elementary school students had their interest in chemistry piqued by members of the club, who conducted various chemistry demonstrations in the Jephson Science Center.

“The Chemistry Club did this for the first time last semester and it was lots of fun,” said Andrew Robak, assistant professor of chemistry and club adviser. “We guided them through experiments and completed ‘flashy’ chemistry demos.”

According to Chemistry Club President Felicia Lenzo, a senior biochemistry major, the club “wanted to host an event to promote the sciences to children. It’s awesome to see budding scientists, and these kids were so excited about all the experiments they did with us.”

Fifth-grader Marty Murphy and his sister, second-grader Gracie, learn how to extract split-pea DNA from Keuka senior Dominique Derminio.

The experiments included making ‘elephant toothpaste,’ which “produces a lot of foam that looks like toothpaste,” according to Lenzo, an Endicott resident. “We created our own glow stick ‘goo,’ which was a short demonstration of chemiluminescence and making things glow, and learned how a laser works.”

Club members also showed their young friends how to make ‘slime’ and extract split-pea DNA, both of which the kids took home. They also created a volcano from baking soda and vinegar, and conducted experiments by combining sugar and fire, and cola and Mentos candy.

“This event was a lot of fun,” said Lenzo. “Everyone had a great time, including the Keuka students, kids, and their parents.”

Members of the Chemistry Club who took part include: Lenzo; Emily Credit (vice president), a senior biology major from Canandaigua; Dominique Derminio (treasurer), a senior biochemistry major from Whitesboro; Josh Beaver, a sophomore biology major from Cape Coral, Fla.; Kyle Morgan, a freshman biochemistry major from Alfred Station; Katie Izzo, a senior adolescent mathematics/special education and mathematics major from Rochester; Brian DelPino, a freshman exploratory major from Oneida; Jason Troutman, a junior biology major from Kirkville; Jessica Regelsberger, a senior unified childhood/special education major from Rochester.

Third-grader Sarah Loucks adds an ingredient used to create 'elephant toothpaste.'

The group from St. Michael’s School included fifth-grader Marty Murphy, fourth-graders Luckas Spears and Kaitlyn Hamm, third-grader Sarah Loucks, and second-grader Gracie Murphy.

2 Responses to Scientists in the Making

  1. Wow, it really was a beautiful day, nice.

  2. Very cool little chemists of these students

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